July 12, 2015

Join Us This Sunday

9:00 am — Holy Communion with Children’s Time — Sanctuary
10:00 am— Refreshments—Heritage Hall
11:00 am  Choral Eucharist  Sanctuary
12:15 pm — Refreshments & Fellowship Hour— Heritage Hall
1:00 pm 
— Central Gardens Worship — Church
2:00 pm — SF Night Minisrty Training & Open House — Heritage Hall

Guest Pastor This Sunday!
Today we welcome The Rev. Jim DeLange as St Mark's guest preacher.   Please Welcome our guest preacher to St. Mark's.

Pastor Bekah
Pastor Bekah sends her greetings!  She had an excellent visit with her family in the midwest and has begun treatments.  She is doing well, even with the associated tiredness.  The many cards she received from the congregation are an ongoing delight!

There is now a website that has been created in order to coordinate support that is needed over the next months.  Please go to this website: https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/729563/  Use the ‘Join this Community’ link to fill out the form which is a Request to Join the Community. Once you are approved, you will be automatically notified and provided instructions for signing in.

Another option is to help cover medical/living expenses through donations to a Pastoral Support Fund.  She does have insurance, so this will fund help cover out of pocket and living expenses.  This is a restricted fund which is used for reimbursement when documentation is submitted.  If there are excess funds, those would be placed in the Pastoral Discretionary Fund.  If you would like to provide support in this way, checks should have Pastor Bekah’s name in the check’s notation line, and they can be sent to the church office.

Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support.  If you have questions about the options above, please email Susan Sall at 14susansall@gmail.com.

Donate Flowers in 2015
The 2015 Flower donation chart is posted in the hallway across from the church kitchen. St. Mark's members and friends can sign up to donate flowers for the chancel on a Sunday by placing your name on the chart for the Sunday you wish. Your donation can be in memory of a loved one or in honor of a particular occasion. The donation is $50 and can be paid via check in the offering plate. Please note "Flowers" in the memo of the check.

Bakers needed!  
Interested in making communion bread?  This easy recipe is available on the St. Mark's website.  Contact Pr. Elizabeth if you are interested in this ministry.

Interfaith Food Pantry  
Each year, St. Mark's - along with several other churches - rotates on a weekly basis to distribute food to the needy at Old First Presbyterian Church (1751 Sacramento Street near Van Ness Avenue.) We are looking for at least 12 volunteers for each session to help. The remaining dates for 2015 are 
Saturdays, Aug. 8, Sept. 26 and Nov. 7. 
 The time commitment is from 7:30am-10:30am. Visit 
 http://www.stmarks-sf.org/ministries/pantry to sign up or for more information

Vacation Bible School Jungle Safari!
 Marin Lutheran Church-Children 3 -1/2 years old through 5th grade! The camp will be held at We are excited to offer a fun-filled week of Vacation Bible School to all , August 3rd - 7th from 8:30am to 12:00pm noon. The theme for our 2015 VBS adventure is " (Breakfast is available from 8:30 - 9:00am & the program begins at 9:00am.) Jungle Safari" where each day forms are at Enrollment for each age group will be limited, so enroll early. Registration music, crafts, snacks & story time. the campers will have fun exploring the nature of God through games, www.marinlutheran.org.  The fee for the 5-day is $90 for the 1st child & $80 for each sibling. Please call 415-924-3782 for further info.

Email Updates
We are in the process of updating our newsletter and electronic announcement mailing system.  If you haven't been receiving the newsletter and weekly announcements and would like to please send your current email address to lawrence@stmarks-sf.org.

Summer Knitting and Crocheting Retreats: 
Learn How or Share Your Skills

The knitting and crochet ministry at St. Mark's will have three retreats this Summer. All are welcome, regardless of your level of experience. If you would like to learn how to knit or crochet, experienced teachers will be on hand to get you started. 

At each retreat we will have presentations on different projects created by members of the ministry to serve members of St. Mark's and the broader community:

July 18th - Knitting and Crocheting for the Streets
August 15th - Comfort Knitting and Twiddle Muffs

Each retreat will be in Heritage Hall, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Each participant is encouraged to bring a bagged lunch and a snack to share. Questions should be directed to Knitters@stmarks-sf.org.

These retreats are made possible with the generous support of Thrivent Action Teams.

News from Mt. Cross Lutheran Camp
Registration is now open for summer programs at Mt. Cross! This year's theme, "A Love that Never Ends", centers around discussion of Deuteronomy 6:5 and what it means to love as God loves. Visit the Mt. Cross website to view a list of  exciting programming options for children, youth groups, and families: http://www.mtcross.org/#!summer-programs/c3vg 

St. Mark's Endowment Fund Request for Funding Forms Now Available
Dream it! Make it happen! Have an idea for a new ministry? Want to extend our reach doing God's work in San Francisco and around the world? If you can dream it, the Endowment Fund can help to make it happen! The Endowment Committee is delighted to announce that grants up to a total of $3,600 will be given to extend St. Mark's ministries both locally and globally. The 2015 Request for Funding is available on the web at www.stmarks-sf.org/endowment or by emailing endowment@stmarks-sf.org. Copies are also on the table under the window in Heritage Hall. The application deadline is July 19, 2015. Have questions? Need help completing the form? Contact us at endowment@stmarks-sf.org.

Women's Monthly Study Gatherings
All women are welcome to come and study together at our evening and/or morning Women of the ELCA Gatherings.  In July our groups will meet on:

Second Tuesday - July 14 we will have our July luncheon at noon.
Please contact Pam Ruh at 415/292-4496 or pambobruh@hotmail.com if you want to come to our luncheon.

There will be no meeting in August.

Worship Leaders This Sunday
Guest Preacher and Presiding Minister...The Rev. Jim DeLange
Assisting Ministers...Sharon Reinbott (9); Richard Boyle, Kyle Schiefelbein (11)
Lectors...Robert Rathmell (9); Cora Lee Rose (11)
Chalice Bearers...Marisa Lee, Cristin Owens  (9); Andrew Sallach (11)
Acolytes...Ed Chitty, Astra Varian
Ministry of Welcome...Randy Schieber (9); Viknesh Silvalingam, Rachel Letchumanan, Lew Randell (11)
Coffee Hour Chairs...ohn Elford, Marge Okuley, and Hiroko Nagata
Next week Coffee Hour Chairs...Donna Dindia and Chuck Lewis